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delicious Herbed coconut milk quinoa in red bowl with chive flowers

Herbed Coconut Milk Quinoa – 4-ingredient

  • Author: Beth of A Meal In Mind
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: South American

Description

This herbed coconut milk quinoa is a simple yet elegant side dish that makes the best use of any fresh savory herbs you might have in your garden. Coconut milk complements the nutty flavor of quinoa.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, (if pre-rinsed, use dry; otherwise, rinse, drain thoroughly and reduce the water, see note)
  • 1 can coconut milk (about 1 2/3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup water (reduce to 3 tablespoons if you rinsed your quinoa)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives (or thyme, rosemary, tarragon)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice, optional (or serve lime wedges with the quinoa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink sea salt or to taste
  • optional garnishes: avocado wedges, parsley or cilantro

Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa twice with water and drain through a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Mix with coconut milk and water in a saucepan with a lid.
  3. Season with salt, chopped chives and optional lime juice.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes (check the directions on your quinoa).
  5. Remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, until all liquid is absorbed.
  6. Garnish with additional fresh chives and optional parsley or cilantro and avocado wedges.

Notes

Until recently I always rinsed, rather than soaked my quinoa, though I routinely soak grains and beans. Quinoa needs to be rinsed to remove bitterness but soaking increases that bitterness. Now some quinoa is sold pre-rinsed, so be sure to check your packaging to find out if is has been. Costco sells one type that has been rinsed already.

Keywords: quinoa, easy herbed quinoa, coconut milk quinoa, fresh herbs, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free